I don't know about you but I always like to see how other artists develop a piece of work. Recently I've got into a habit of taking progress shots as I work on a painting. In my earlier post I showed you a picture of Daisy one of my commissions, well as promised here are the progress shots.
After making a quick pencil sketch to get the proportions. I then start blocking in the darkest areas followed by some mid-tones. Then I like to drop in some highlights and start to get the eyes worked in. Once I have the eyes right (the most important bit for me). Its helpful to get my background colour in before revisiting the tones and adding detail. The background colour can really make the tones look different so its important to get it in early. I am trying at the moment not to get to fiddly with small brushes as I like a looser overall feel with maybe a little sharper detail around the nose and eyes.
Anyway I hope you like seeing the process.
I will be running a couple of workshops in November the first one is a two hour introduction to drawing. I love drawing from the process of mark making to the way it gets you to really look and observe the world around you. I equally believe that these skills can be taught and get real pleasure from seeing students grow in confidence as they learn to think and look differently.
6.30-8.30pm Tuesday the 14th November 2017
This course gives a short introduction to drawing.
Looking at tone and mark making with a 2B pencil.
Followed by the use of negative space to interpret form.
An excellent sampler for beginners who want to 'have a go' before committing to a more in-depth course of study. Price £20 – ( £10 deposit required on booking )
All materials are provided along with the essential tea/coffee & biscuits. Location - Gather of Cheshire, 3 High Street, Congleton, CW12 3BN
Two commissions completed this month. Lovely Daisy the Cocker Spaniel, I really enjoyed picking out the blue shine on her coat so complemented this with the blue background. Watch out soon for my pics of the process Daisy went through on the easel.
The second picture is Bella a wonderfully lively Shih Tzu. She was a challenge to photograph because she just wanted to run around, got there in the end though with the help of some dog treats. This painting I hope captured her character.
Well here I find myself in new territory.
For some time now I have been drawing and painting but not really sharing anything with the world.... or anyone other than a select few mates and family members !
But the time has come to take the plunge. I hope you enjoy browsing my website and if it takes your fancy you can follow my journey here at my blog.
I'll be sharing my highs and lows so there will be plenty of works in progress on here.
To get us started heres a pencil study of Floyd I am doing several copies of Floyd in various mediums pencil, pen, and print. Really to show one image in a variety of styles. I'll keep you posted on progress.